• About

    Sandra Shaw Homer is an environmental activist, author, adventurer, and survivor.

     

    Homer, a victim of incest, has suffered from depression and currently has COPD. She tells her inspiring life story in an engaging memoir, Evelio’s Garden, which is partly an elegy to nature and partly a powerful human-interest story.

     

    The international traveler who once saw the world for 49 days from the decks of a cargo ship was born and raised in Philadelphia. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell, Homer has published her poetry and creative nonfiction in a variety of journals, and she has been interviewed on radio shows and podcasts, including that of Lisa Davis’s regional NPR program, Talk Healthy Today.

     

    Homer has lived in Costa Rica for the past three decades, where she has taught languages and worked as a translator and environmental activist. For several years she penned a regularly published column, Local Color, for the English-language weekly, The Tico Times.

     

    Homer is the author of three other books: Letters from The Pacific: 49 Days on a Cargo Ship, Journey to the Joie de Vivre, and The Magnificent Dr. Wao.